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January Term

January Term, or J-Term, is designed to provide maximum opportunity for intense learning either on or off campus.

New and returning students enrolled in J-Term have options to earn credits and enhance academic skills. Students can:

  • Earn as many as 3 credits during J-Term
  • Enjoy an intensive and focused learning experience
  • Shorten the length of time needed to complete their degree requirements

Classes begin January 3, 2022, and end January 21, 2022. Academic classes meet four days a week with Wednesdays reserved for additional advising, academic support, and cocurricular activities.

Three-week courses include opportunities for small group work, hands-on learning, and concentrated time with professors and classmates. Many students find that taking one course in an intensive and supportive environment is a positive experience.


New and returning students enrolled in J-Term will work with their core advisor, or a designated advisor if they are enrolled in an upper-level course. The Drake Center for Academic Support will also be available for face to face or online appointments during the term for any students seeking additional academic support for coursework.

The Library’s full collection of online and physical information resources is available to J-Term students, along with its study spaces. As during the fall and spring semesters, both drop-in support and online and face-to-face appointments are available.

Course Registration Process

Course registration opens at 8 a.m. on Friday, October 29, 2021.

Students should include second choices on their registration forms in case a course does not enroll or is over-enrolled. J-Term tuition is nonrefundable, so it is particularly important that students make use of the Add period to make course changes.

Students who are interested or who have questions should contact their academic advisor.

Social Identity in a Diverse World

Professor Solvegi Shmulsky

This seminar course explores the impact of diversity on who you are as a person, with attention paid to neurodiversity. Identity, one’s definition of the self, is a cornerstone of wellness and an area of psychosocial growth in adolescence and adulthood. In this course, students will use social identity development models and intersectional concepts to explore their own identities and those of writers who define themselves as neurodivergent, transgender, persons of color, and combinations of these and other social categories. Students will be asked to read an interdisciplinary selection of books and articles, lead a seminar session, write an autobiographical paper, and write a research article following disciplinary conventions in psychology.(3 Credits)

Prerequisites: WRT 3011 or PSY3071 and one 2000-level Psychology course

Internatural Communication

Associate Professor Lee Crocker

This course explores internatural communication, a subfield in communication, where the relationships between humans and nature are analyzed. Scholars of internatural communication consider nature and animals to be cultures that have been marginalized. In this course we study societal beliefs about the environment and animals, and we look at economic and relational factors that have shaped our views of nature. There is a focus on communication and relationships with animals including wildlife, pets, service animals, and farm animals. The course can be used as an elective, and it fits a focus area for the COMEL degree. The course has a strong experiential component with case-studies of relevant organizations, such as farms, environmental organizations, animal shelters and animal training facilities. Students in this course engage in reading, writing and larger projects to study of their own choosing.

This course is being offered as part of Winter Study Abroad in St. Croix. Students must apply and be accepted. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: WRT1011 and COM1011, and one 2000-level Communication course.

Special Topics: History Through Film

Assistant Professor Brian Cohen

This course examines historically-based films as both primary and secondary sources of information about the past. The material in films, just as with written and other “traditional” sources, needs to be critically analyzed for its perspectives, biases, interpretive choices, intended purpose, and ultimately, reliability. Thus, many of the same skills that historians bring to their analysis of more traditional primary and secondary sources can also be applied to the critical interpretation of non-traditional sources like film. The course also challenges students to examine the relative successes or failures that the selected films have had in portraying the past, and asks them to analyze how present events, cultures, and attitudes shape our view of the past. The class format will combine film-screenings, lecture, and discussion around an engaging thematic topic. Students will be asked to actively engage in discussion, write critical film reviews, and write a final comparative analysis paper. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: WRT1011 and one 1000-level humanities course

Multimedia Journalism

Assistant Professor Gyuri Kepes

By studying the practical and theoretical aspects of multimedia journalism, students in this course will learn the techniques for writing, producing, and presenting news and information for radio, television, and the web. Students will investigate the various group roles involved in shooting, editing and producing newscasts, advertisements, and other programming along with studying the specific communication requirements entailed in this professional field. Students will engage in experiential learning opportunities including visiting area newsrooms and producing work to be broadcast through Landmark College campus radio station and the Brattleboro Community Television station (BCTV).

Prerequisites: COM1011 and WRT1011

Three-Dimensional Foundations

Assistant Professor Derek Parker

This introductory, hands-on studio course explores the materials and conceptual processes involved in the organization of matter and space. The parallel objectives of the course are the creation of compelling and poetic three-dimensional objects and the development of each student’s powers of observation, evaluation, and expression. Through an integrated series of problem-solving assignments, instructions, technical demonstrations, and discussions, students will explore the unique physical potential and limitations of various materials including clay, wire, paper, wood, and found objects. Students will produce a portfolio of projects and exhibit work in the student art show. (3 credits)

Lab fee/materials fee applied to this course.
Prerequisites: None

Intro to Communications

Associate Professor Liza Burns

This survey course introduces students to the field of communication and enables them to increase their effectiveness and precision as public speakers and members of seminars and groups. Students explore how their perceptions influence the manner in which they communicate and how to use a wide variety of listening skills. They become aware of how verbal and nonverbal language can alter, detract from or enhance messages. Students also employ a variety of language strategies that promote inclusion, honesty, conflict resolution and support from within a group. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: None

Students can also enroll in a variety of Physical Education classes.

  • PHE1166 Ski and Snowboard
  • PHE1168 Beginning Boating Skills
  • PHE1181 Walking for Health

PHE1166 Ski and Snowboard
This one-credit course is designed exclusively for students enrolled in the January Term who are interested in improving their skiing or snowboarding/pipe skills. There is an additional cost for one day of skiing or snowboarding, including lessons for those wishing to sharpen their skills on the slopes. Course may not be repeated.

PHE1168 Beginning Boating Skills
Beginning Boating Skills will introduce students to the foundational skills of operating watercraft, including skills related to safety, proper equipment use, steering, navigation, and analysis of water/weather conditions. This course is being offered as part of Winter Study Abroad in St. Croix. Students must apply and be accepted.

PHE1181 Walking for Health
This course is designed for students who are interested in beginning a low-impact exercise regimen of walking on varied terrain using optimal striding and breathing techniques. Course may not be repeated.

The cost for J-Term varies by student status.

Returning Landmark College Students (January 3 – 21, 2022)

Tuition $5,100
Room (3 weeks) 670
Board (3 weeks)       600
Total (Without skiing) $6,370

Winter Study Abroad St. Croix additional program fee: $130
Total cost for Winter Study Abroad St. Croix: $6,500


Jump Start JTerm (January 3 – 21, 2022)

Tuition $4,200
Room (3 weeks) 670
Board (3 weeks)       600
Total (Without skiing) $5,470


JTerm Employment Readiness Experience (January 3 – 21, 2022)

Tuition (1 credit) $1,650
Room (3 weeks) 670
Board (3 weeks)       600
Total (Without skiing) $2,920
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